Blue Angels pilot dies

first_imgBEAUFORT, S.C. – A Navy Blue Angel jet crashed during an air show Saturday, plunging into a neighborhood of small homes and trailers and killing the pilot. Eight people on the ground were injured, and several homes were damaged. Witnesses said the planes were flying in formation during the show at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort about 4 p.m. when one dropped below the trees and crashed, sending up clouds of smoke. Raymond Voegeli, a plumber, was backing out of a driveway when the plane ripped through a grove of pine trees, dousing his truck in flames and debris. He said wreckage hit “plenty of houses and mobile homes.” “Our squadron and the entire U.S. Navy are grieving the loss of a great American, a great Naval officer and a great friend,” Walley said. Kasper said all possible causes of the crash are under investigation, and it could take at least three weeks for an official cause to be released. John Sauls, who lives near the crash site, said the planes were banking before one disappeared and a plume of smoke shot up. “It’s one of those surreal moments when you go, `No, I didn’t just see what I saw,”‘ Sauls said. The Blue Angels fly F/A-18 Hornets at high speeds in close formations, and their pilots are considered the Navy’s elite. They don’t wear the traditional G-suits that most jet pilots use to avoid blacking out during maneuvers. The suits inflate around the lower body to keep blood in the brain but could cause a pilot to bump the control stick – a potentially deadly move when flying inches from other planes. Instead, Blue Angels manage G-forces by tensing their abdominal muscles. The last Blue Angel crash that killed a pilot was in 1999, when a pilot and crewmate were killed while practicingat a base in Georgia. More than 100,000 people had been expected at Saturday’s show. The elite team is based at Pensacola Naval Air Station. The 2007 team has a new flight leader and two new pilots; Blue Angel pilots traditionally serve two-year rotations. Kasper said the team would return to Florida on this afternoon. “We will regroup,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It was just a big fireball coming at me,” said Voegeli, 37. “It was just taking pine trees and just clipping them.” Witnesses said metal and plastic wreckage – some of it on fire – rained into the neighborhood about 35 miles northwest of Hilton Head Island. The crash occurred during the final minutes of the air show, said Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Walley, a Blue Angel pilot. The pilots were executing a maneuver that called for all six planes to join from behind the crowd and form a Delta triangle, said Lt. Cmdr. Garrett D. Kasper, spokesman for the Blue Angels. One plane did not rejoin the formation. Walley said the name of the pilot would not be released until relatives were notified. A Navy statement said the pilot had been on the team for two years. last_img

Liverpool’s Joe Gomez may need surgery on broken leg: Jurgen Klopp

first_imgLiverpool centre back Joe Gomez may need surgery on his broken leg and the club are not sure when he will return, manager Juergen Klopp has said.The 21-year-old, who began the season as Klopp’s first choice to partner Virgil van Dijk at the heart of the Liverpool defence, fractured his left leg against Burnley on December 5 and was initially expected to be out for six weeks.Liverpool, who face West Ham United in the Premier League on Monday, will also be without centre back Dejan Lovren, who has a hamstring injury.Asked at his weekly news conference if Gomez would need surgery, Klopp said: “It is possible, probably.”It is not exactly going how we want – that’s how it is. He needs more time. We cannot say more.”In the absence of Lovren and Gomez, Joel Matip will partner Van Dijk against West Ham, with midfielder James Milner expected to slot in at right back.Milner served a one-match suspension against Leicester City in midweek, with captain Jordan Henderson playing at right back in the 1-1 draw at Anfield.With regular right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold out injured, Klopp was questioned about his decision to allow Nathaniel Clyne to join Bournemouth on loan at the start of the January transfer window but the German said he had no regrets.”You make the decision in the moment you have to and then people judge it later,” he said. “Hendo’ did well there. We all know how good Clyney is, but would he have had more offensive influence in the game?advertisement”I don’t know. Defensively, I did not see a mistake from Hendo.”Liverpool have a five-point lead over second-placed Manchester City ahead of the trip to 12th-placed West Ham.Also Read | My fault that players weren’t able to express themselves: Japan coach after Asian Cup lossAlso Read | FC Goa end Mumbai City FC’s unbeaten streak in Indian Super LeagueAlso Read | Chelsea will not tweak style despite poor run, says Maurizio SarriÀlso See:last_img read more

Local animal shelters offer halfoff adoption prices on dogs and cats

first_img March 23, 2018 Updated: 10:43 AM Mike McKinnon III, Local animal shelters offer half-off adoption prices on dogs and cats Posted: March 23, 2018 Mike McKinnon III Categories: Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwitter For more information on National Puppy Day, click here. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsIf you’re a dog lover, today is a day to celebrate because today is National Puppy Day!Today is meant to celebrate puppies and raise awareness of the poor conditions in puppy mills. Today also serves as a reminder for people to adopt, not shop.Three animal shelters are making it easier to adopt today by cutting prices for dogs and cats, in half. The shelters participating are Central Shelter, North Shelter, and South Shelter. The fees include spay or neutering, a microchip, vaccinations, and a free veterinary exam. Fees for cats and dogs over five years old will be waived.The special pricing ends on Sunday. Share photos of your furry friends in the comments of our Facebook post below.last_img read more

Not in the Mood to Battle Corporate Customer Service Get a Jerk

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 3 min read If you’re not up to the task of fighting the beast known as corporate customer service, there are plenty of jerks willing to get ‘er done for you.That’s right, we’re talking Class A assholes. The professional kind, now at your service over at, a hilarious new online service just launched by former Reddit general manager Erik Martin and journalist and former Popular Mechanics editor Erin Scottberg. Both claim they aren’t really meanies, even if they don’t always use their “nice” voices.Related: 5 Strategies to Triumph Over Customer Support Over the Holiday SeasonWe’re like the X-Men, but for assholes. Join our caring & resourceful assholes who will fight faceless corporations.— erik martin (@hueypriest) December 8, 2014They want you to think of the talented members of Assholes On Demand (AOD) as the X-men of methodically and effectively tearing customer service reps a new one. Seriously, that’s pretty much their tagline: “We’re like the X-men, but for assholes!”Related: Difficult People Suck: 5 Quick Tips on How to DealAOD’s manifesto of sorts says it all:Some people shy away from confrontation and just let large faceless bureaucracies walk all over them. Some people can’t muster the passion to fight for what they deserve. Some people just don’t have the time or resources or knowhow to relentlessly do battle with insurance companies, airlines, cable companies and the like. That’s going to change. We are starting a project that’s going to give a loud, persistent, and annoying voice to the meek.ah @erins is so good at yelling at bad companies on the phone & getting shit done-can’t wait to make her do it for me— LW (@lindseyweber) December 8, 2014Yep, AOD’s only mission is to “help people get what they rightly deserve,” loudly, persistently and annoyingly, care of scrappy spitfires unafraid to tango with horrible, rotten, no-good customer service reps.Related: The Esquire Guy on Dealing With Difficult People“We’re caring and resourceful assholes who will fight the faceless corporations causing your customer service nightmares,” the website proclaims. “You are not alone and you aren’t going crazy.” Oh, good, because we were sure we were the last time we rotted on hold with Verizon for two full hours before finally getting through to someone who, but of course, couldn’t help us anyway.   AOD only accepts pro bono cases at the moment and it’s not just for anyone. For now, its growing team of toughies will only go to bat for active duty military, non-English speakers and senior citizens who “have nowhere else to turn.”Related: How to Deal With JerksIf you’re a real-deal squeaky wheel — and you know who you are — AOD wants you and your “talents.”Your assholeness may have ostracized you from friends, may have held you back at jobs, and may give people the wrong impression, but we see your assholeness as a gift, not a curse. Your talents are real and they are needed in the world. Unfortunately the job doesn’t pay. It’s strictly a volunteer gig, but somebody has to do it.Why not you? Think you’re cut out for the job? C’mon. Go for it, jerk.  Related: 3 Strategies for Dealing With Toxic People Register Now »center_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. December 8, 2014last_img read more